Spat sees New York man awarded $4.7m over ‘Bin Laden’ rant

What’s in a name? Apparently, $4.7 million dollars. At least, that was the case for a Yemen-born man. (File photo: Jesse Ward for New York Daily News)

What’s in a name? Apparently, $4.7 million dollars. At least, that was the case for a Yemen-born man who was assaulted by his U.S. co-worker because of his name, Osama Saleh.

Saleh was assaulted by a security guard at the women’s clothing store at which he worked in New York and was last week awarded $4.7 million in a lawsuit case by a federal jury, according to the New York City newspaper the Daily News.

The security guard, James Robinson, had ranted that he hated Arabs because they were “dirty” and that Saleh should go back to Yemen. He had also punched Saleh, leaving him with a fractured cheekbone.

Further, the security guard called Saleh “Bin Laden.”

“Being called a terrorist and Bin Laden is like an insult and a slur against me and my race,” Osama Saleh told the daily after the verdict that was issued Friday at the Brooklyn Federal Court.

Victor Lavy, the vice president of the clothing store chain at which Saleh worked, testified that he did not regard calling Saleh “Bin Laden” as an attack on the man.

“It’s not a bad name, it’s a name,” Lavy said. “They were teasing each other by calling the names. They’re playing.”

He stated that it was neither inappropriate nor a violation of the company’s code for Robinson to call Saleh “Bin Laden.”

Saleh’s award covers emotional distress, assault, negligence in the hiring of Robinson and punitive damages, according to the Daily News.
 

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